In this paper, we describe a Mixed-Initiative Operational
Model (MIOM) which directly intervenes on the state of the
functionalities embedded into a robot for Urban Search&Rescue
(USAR) domain applications. MIOM extends the reasoning
capabilities of the vehicle, i.e. mapping, path planning, visual
perception and trajectory tracking, with operator knowledge.
Especially in USAR scenarios, this coupled initiative has the main
advantage of enhancing the overall performance of a rescue mission.
In-field experiments with rescue responders have been carried out to
evaluate the effectiveness of this operational model.